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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Glen Carbon

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
St. Louis
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Yes, Written Evidence
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990 7731
2000 10,425 9288 726
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Police or Other Official Action
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

The ordinance was found in 1992. The town was extremely hostile to blacks, possibly not even letting them travel through.

In about 1992, one resident who had looked through many old ordinances said that she found city council minutes that reference the ordinance.

Since about 1990, a large number of African Americans have moved into the town. It is surely no longer enforcing its sundown policies. However, one African American man who moved into the town in 1999 says he experiences “subtle racism” from many white residents, both old and young. (email; January 2010)